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Help Tell Amazon to “Ditch the DRM!”

Earlier this year, Amazon.com bought Audible.com.  Audible is a great site, but the Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions on the audio you purchase there can keep you from using your purchased content in the way you want to use it.  Amazon has made a public statement that they will remove DRM from Audible if "customers start to complain".

Richard Jeong decided to make it easy for you to chime in with a complaint by creating the site Call An Audible. If you go there, you can find a link to send Amazon a comment with your thoughts on the issue of DRM on Audible content, and sign his online petition to get this DRM removed. 

Even if you're not a current audible user (or don't plan to be one), the more people we can get to complain to Amazon, the more seriously they'll take our request to remove DRM from Audible content.  If you'd like to help try to deal a death-blow to DRM on Audible (and hopefully, to other sites that will see this as an example), I ask that you please take a couple minutes to go leave Amazon some feedback on this issue and sign the petition

Help tell Amazon to Ditch the DRM!

Oh, and in case you're interested, here's what I sent to Amazon:

I am writing to request that you remove DRM from your Audible media items.  I have never been a fan of DRM and have actually avoided purchasing anything new on Audible due to the problems I've had in the past between compatibility with the purchased audiobooks and my mp3 player.  Although it has supposedly been fixed, I want to know that I OWN what I have bought and can play it on ANY PLAYER, not just the one that I currently own that is audible-supported.

If you were to remove DRM from Audible, I would immediately sign up for a 1-2 book a month subscription.  Until then, I feel no need to spend money on something I don't completely own outright. Please make myself and thousands of others want to buy Audible content again, and remove DRM from the content you are offering.

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Move Over iTunes Music Store, You’ve Got Company

It appears Amazon.com has entered the mp3 sales biz, with over 2 million tracks available for purchase (covering ~180,000 artists represented by over 20,000 major and independent labels).

All songs sold are free of DRM (copy protection), using the .mp3 format, at a 256kbps bit rate (variable bit rate used in some cases).  This means not only are you assured that these tracks will work on your current portable player and music software, but will continue to work on future players you purchase, no matter what kind you decide to own.  Plus, at 256 kbps, you get high quality (CD quality) audio that will sound just as good playing through your headphones as through your stereo.

Prices are also excellent, with most individual tracks mostly priced $0.89 to $0.99. Albums are usually $5.99 to $9.99.  As an extra feature, the "top 100 tracks" are $0.89 and the "top 100 albums" are $8.99.

You do not need to use any special software to purchase/download individual tracks, but in order to purchase an album, you need to download and install the "Amazon Music Downloader" (Windows and Mac OSX only).  You can only download the music once, so make sure to make backups of anything you purchase.

It's unclear from what I could read as to whether these are available for international purchase, so your mileage may vary if you're outside of the US.

Press release here, thanks to BoingBoing's notification.

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